Name: Taryn Bartley
Grade/Subject at what school: Kindergarten, Carey Ridge Elementary School
Number of years teaching: Two
Background/Schooling (college & high school): Father Ryan High School, Nashville, Tenn.; and B.S. Elementary Education, Butler University.
Why did you become a teacher? In second grade, I chose to be a teacher for career day. I absolutely loved my teacher, Mrs. Manning. I really struggled with reading, and she took extra time to help me. It was important to me that I chose a career path in which my job had purpose and meaning. All my life, I have loved working with children. Teaching was the right fit for me.
What goals do you have for your students? As an educator, it is extremely important that I motivate my students to become lifelong learners, encourage them to take risks and help them find that love and passion for learning.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? I encourage parents to read with their children as much as possible. It’s important for parents to understand that we are a team. Every week I communicate the specifics skills we are working on at school and encourage parents to be reinforcing these skills at home.
What is your favorite movie? “Sweet Home Alabama”
Who is your favorite musician or band? All Country music!
What’s something your students might not know about you? I am extremely afraid of sharks.